The sun is at its zenith while the breeze whispers through the trees and makes the shadows dance across the ground in front of me. A drop of sweat creeps its way down the side of my glass as I lounge in my lawn chair, with a book propped up on my knees.
To many…this is not an appealing way to spend an afternoon, but to me…nothing is better!!
Robert Frost said, “No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader.” This was so true for a book I read a few months back. I love reading a book that I get sucked into, and I can feel what the characters are feeling! This book was just that!
The title of the book is A Thousand Tomorrows by Karen Kingsbury. I have read many of Karen’s books and have truly loved each one, but this book hit home for me.
There are two main characters, Cody and Ali, who both have secret pasts. Cody has pent up anger caused by a father who left him and his family after his baby brother, with down-syndrome, was born. With anger seeping out of his pores, Cody uses that anger to conquer the art of bull riding.
Ali is secretly hiding the fact that she has cystic fibrosis. Her life, which is already shortened by this horrid disease, may be shorter than expected as she risks her health to become a champion barrel racer. As her lungs fill with mucus and her breathing becomes laborious, Ali holds her breath as she races across the arena to avoid any more infection.
The plot is predictable, as Cody and Ali meet, start a beautiful friendship which grows into a great love story. With Ali’s health weakening as each day passes, all the couple wants is a thousand tomorrows, but will tomorrow really come?
This book is a wonderful story about letting go of the past, reaching out for hope for tomorrow, finding true love, and of course…the importance of organ donation.
The book was a really fast read, and I will warn you it made me cry! As my dear friend Kelly said (who borrowed the book from me) “Jenn, you need to come get this book back, cause I’ve read it ELEVEN times!!!” (I’m not lying…she’s read it eleven times!)